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Must See Treasures in Istanbul

1 – Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia – Ayasofya in Turkish is an architectural beauty lies in Old Town Istanbul. It is an important figure for Byzantine and for Ottoman Empires. First it was a church, later a mosque by Ottomans but today is a museum at Modern Turkey.

2 – Topkapi Palace
Constructed by Sultan Mehmet The Conqueror and the palace was the home of Sultans for centuries. Today serves as a museum in modern Turkey so you can take a close look at Ottomans Sultans life. Harem section is also worth the visit.

3 – Blue Mosque
The Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii in Turkish) is an historical and one of the most important mosque in Istanbul. It is called Blue Mosque because of blue tiles surrounding the walls of interior of this monuement. It is still used as a mosque and a popular tourist attraction in Istanbul.

4 – Grand Bazaar
Once it was a small warehouse than expanded by Sultan Mehmet The Conqueror as covered bazaar. It is one the oldest covered bazaar in the world. Chaotic, crowded yet with labyrinthine streets it is ready to be explored. Barganing is a must and you will get endless offers for tea from vendors.

5 – Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar)
Bustling streets and uncountable numbers of smells; There you are in the Spice Bazaar. It was the Silk Ways last stop and today still important spot for locals and tourists. Dried fruits, cheese varieties, spices all from Anatolia may seem different to tourist eyes but you will be tasting these goodies along the way with vendors jokes at the end.

6 – Bosphorus Straits
20 miles from south to north is a natural connection point for Marmara Sea and Black Sea. As well as its important for trading its beauty amaze us. Just hop on one of the local ferry and observe Istanbul beauty from between two continents.

7 – Taksim Square – Istiklal Street
It is considered the heart of New City part of Istanbul. It isan important square for locals since rally’s and celebrations all take place at this square. Crowded but just sit on a bank and watch people you will love it there. Then walk to Istiklal street there you will find packed coffee shops and chic stores and at the end find the historical tunnel which is one of the oldest railway system in the world. The place never sleeps. For light walk or for a night life Istiklal Street and surroundings are the place.

8 – Camlica Hill
It is located Asian part of the city and one of the highest point of Istanbul. Calm and peaceful and while you are sipping your Turkish coffee enjoy the most amazing Istanbul view.

9 – Beylerbeyi Palace
It was the summer residence of Ottoman Sultans and resides in Asian part of Istanbul. This is symmetrical planned palace and it was way ahead of its time by design.

10 – Dolmabahce Palace
It is built 19th century and it was last Ottoman Sultans palace. After modern Turkey takes place Ataturk open this palace for congress and conferences. He kept only a small room

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Istanbul Must See Places

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